SYDNEY, Australia, April 6. THE sixth day of swimming is in the books at the Australian Long Course Championships held in Sydney.
Alicia Coutts snagged the women's 100 free title in 53.80 for her third title of the meet, adding to her 100 fly and 200 IM triumphs from earlier in the meet. Her swim pushed her to second in the world rankings behind only Femke Heemskerk's 53.70 from Amsterdam in March. Yolane Kukla finished second in 54.59, while Bronte Barratt took third in 54.67.
Sally Foster grabbed sixth in the world rankings in the women's 200 breast with a victorious 2:24.65. Sarah Katsoulis finished just behind with a seventh-ranked 2:24.74, while Rebecca Kemp wound up third in 2:26.71.
Ashley Delaney improved to seventh in the world rankings in the men's 200 back with a 1:58.74 for the win. Mitch Larkin placed second in 1:59.09 for 12th in the rankings, while Braiden Camm earned third in 2:00.42.
Brenton Rickard also took seventh in the world with a winning time of 2:11.84 in the men's 200 breast. Craig Calder touched second in 2:13.12, while Craig Tucker completed the top three in 2:13.84.
In the semifinals, Louise Mitchell led the way in the women's 50 fly with a 26.91, while Alice Mills touched second in 26.97. Matt Targett and Matt Abood tied for the top time in the men's 50 free with matching 22.15s to move to fourth in the world rankings.
Geoff Huegill notched the second-fastest time in the men's 100 fly this year with a 52.44 for the top seed. Only Michael Phelps has been faster with a 51.75 in Indianapolis in March. Sam Ashby qualified second in 52.78 for eighth in the rankings.
Belinda Hocking, who owns the world best this year in the women's 200 back with a 2:07.75, cruised to the top seed tonight with a 2:08.86. Meagan Ney qualified second in 2:09.56.
Shane Asbury, Travis Mahoney, Adam Parslow and Jeremy Saunders topped the men's 800 free relay in 7:28.64.
In multi-disability events, Kayle Clarke was listed first in the women's 100 free in 1:03.63, while Matthew Cowdrey was listed first in the men's 100 free with a 55.58.